CPD: VI­O­LENT PROTESTS TAKE COPS AWAY FROM SOUTH AND WEST SIDES

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - —Sam Charles

Chicago Po­lice De­part­ment lead­er­ship Mon­day sought to highlight the at­tacks on of­fi­cers dur­ing a vi­o­lent con­fronta­tion at the Christo­pher Colum­bus statue in Grant Park.

Supt. David Brown re­peat­edly stressed vi­o­lent protests force the de­part­ment to di­vert re­sources from the South and West sides, where shoot­ings are most preva­lent.

Seventy peo­ple were shot over the week­end, 10 fa­tally, ac­cord­ing to a Chicago Sun-Times log.

“Let us re­di­rect our anger to the loss of life on the South and West sides of Chicago,” Brown said.

In light of the events in Grant Park — where blunt ob­jects, sharp­ened PVC pipe and in­cen­di­ary de­vices were weaponized against po­lice — Brown said he has di­rected all of­fi­cers as­signed to protests to wear “any and all pro­tec­tive gear when a protest oc­curs be­cause of these mob ac­tions.” All told, Brown said, 49 of­fi­cers were in­jured, with 18 re­quir­ing hos­pi­tal­iza­tion.

Supt. David Brown

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